Warachal Faison, MD
Dr. Faison is a geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director, Women’s and Men’s Health at Pfizer. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2008, Dr. Faison was the Clinical Director, Alzheimer’s Research & Clinical Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). An investigator on numerous Alzheimer’s disease research trials, her major areas of interest have included minority recruitment into clinical trials, risks and protective factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as mood disorders. Dr. Faison has been recognized for her work as a health care provider, researcher, and community advocate in health disparities, minority recruitment into Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, women’s health issues, and mental health. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Faison has been featured in the national media, including CNN, BET, and Washington Post. She has also been recognized as a National Alzheimer’s Champion by the National Alzheimer’s Association as she has furthered research for prevention and cure, made strides in care and support, and raised awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. She recently completed a global health fellowship in China for 3 months increasing awareness about diabetes, a growing epidemic.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and Association of Women’s Psychiatrists. Her service to medicine has included many national assignments such as the following: Consultant, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Aging; Board Member, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; Board Member, Geriatric Mental Health Foundation; Editorial Board, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; Medical Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; Treasurer, Association of Women Psychiatrists; Vice President, American Association of Community Psychiatrists; and Advisor, DSM-V Workgroup on Neurocognitive Disorders and Lifespan Study Group.
Dr. Faison graduated from North Carolina Central University with a BS degree in biology summa cum laude. She received her medical degree and completed her psychiatry residency, including chief residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed a clinical geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine.